Review of: The Fat Loss Factor
Author: Dr Charles Livingston
Editorial Quality: 3 out of 5
Effectiveness: 4 out of 5
Price: 4 out of 5
Ease of use: 3.5 out of 5
- How comprehensive the program is
- The “Why” of each healthy habit
- The great book layout
We didn’t like
- The lack of source citation
- The lack of structure
Summary: If you are after quite rapid weight loss, are prepared to change your eating patterns significantly, and are fairly sure you can stay on track on the first two weeks of detox, then the Fat Loss Factor certainly has plenty of positive reviews and should work for you too.
Are people looking at you because of your weight ? Are you feeling self conscious and judged because the way you look ? Are you ready to make big (positive) changes in your life ?
If the answer to these questions is yes then you are probably on the right page. The fat loss factor is a complete fast weight loss program that claims to help you burn away all of the fat around your legs and the backs of your arms, while keeping your buttocks and/or breasts nice and plump.
What is the Fat Loss Factor ?
This e-book, Fat Loss Factor, helps you burn away the fat you don’t want while still allowing you to enjoy delicious foods–or so I think, because there is no introduction to the e-book.
There is no detailed explanation on the website either, so it’s tough to know what the program is all about without jumping right into it.
The Author: Dr. Charles Livingston
Before even starting this book, I recognized the author’s name from another one of the e-books I reviewed here on Health Ambition, Cellulite Factor.
Here is some of the information I gathered on the doctor behind Fat Loss Factor while doing my research for that program:
- He has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
- He graduated from Palmer College with honors.
- He is a certified advanced nutritionist and wellness practitioner (though I can’t find details on where he received his certifications)
That’s all the details I could find about Dr. Livingston, aside from millions of affiliate links to the various products he promotes.
What is included in the Fat Loss Factor Package ?
One thing the marketing material over at the fat loss factor doesn’t do very well is describing everything you’re getting for your money. We’ve managed to collect some material describing each item you get when you buy the fat loss factor.
As you will see bellow, Dr. Charles Livingston provides you with a mix of ebooks, software, videos, step by step guides and email coaching.
That’s one thing I really enjoyed with the course: the plurality of the medium types and the fact that they’re well adapted to what you need out of them.
For example when it comes to theory, I found the ebook format was well suited so I could sit down somewhere quiet and really suck the knowledge out of it.
When it comes to cooking, the videos were nice and showed me exactly how to do everything in real life. No lousy descriptions here.
The fast food software was convenient. The last thing I want to do when I’m about to get out for food is scour through a pdf. The search engine provided was much more practical and let me decide what I was going to eat in the rare cases I was going out to eat.
Finally the how to guides and animated workout guides were simple to follow and check out on my phone when going to the gym so overall, great package.
Finally the email coaching is nice if there is something you need to know and they did not cover in the content of the course. I used it twice and the reply came in within 48h from a member of the team over at Dr Charle’s Clinic.
Email support is one of these things that many people will hesitate to use out of shyness. Don’t. It’s a great add on and you can really share your personal situation with them and get individualised feedback. Not bad for the price!
Here is the commercial description of what you get as described by the seller:
A Look at the Fat Loss Factor Program
Without an intro, it’s hard to say what the purpose of the program is. I can guess that it’s all about helping you burn fat (made abundantly clear by the title of the book), but without much information as to how.
We can get straight into the meaty content with three principles that form the basis of the Fat Loss Factor diet:
Principle #1: Prepare for Success
This chapter lists the items you’ll need for success on the Fat Loss Factor journey.
- Measuring tape
- Digital camera
- Calipers (optional)
Dr. Livingston then instructs you to snap a picture of yourself in the beforestage, take your measurements, weigh yourself, and record the information in your fitness journal. Simple and easy!
Check out some of the before pictures of these graduate Fat Loss Factor Students.
Principle #2: Out with the Old, In with the New
This section of the book promises ten results you should see by going through the Fat Loss Factor diet:
- Loss of excess weight
- Elimination of harmful toxins (that result in the shrinkage of your fat cells)
- Strengthened immune system
- Greater energy
- Sharpened mind
- Increased endurance
- More accomplishments
- Better sleep
- Improved overall health and wellbeing
- New relationship with food
If the program can deliver all that it promises, it’s definitely worth its metaphorical weight in gold!
Principle #3: Lifestyle Un-Diet
This section is a bit confusing to understand, but it does give some very important details about your body and healthy weight loss.
It claims that your excessive body fat is caused by three things:
- Incorrect diet
- Poorly functioning liver
- Clogged colon
While this is 100% true, we couldn’t help but noticing that the method does not talk about genetics at all which seems to be playing a big role in how easily your body becomes fat.
The Dangers of Toxins in Your Blood
The Fat Loss Factor diet is based on the belief that toxins make it harder for your body to burn fat. Dr. Livingston explains that essentially, toxins are chemicals that your body cannot process once absorbed, making them remain in the body and bloodstream for long periods of time.
If your liver is busy processing other chemicals, your body sends those built up toxins off to be stored in fat cells until your liver can deal with them. The toxins make it harder to burn that fat and overwork your liver – slowing down weight loss.
Dr. Livingston continues to explain how the liver functions and filters toxins and cholesterol from the body while also producing glucose for energy.
This section is important, as it clarifies how your liver is actually in charge of your fat metabolism, and why keeping your liver healthy is so essential.
The book goes into significant detail about the toxins and the various elements your liver has to filter out, as well as the other functions your liver is responsible for. Then we get to the dangerous part: the Master Cleanse.
The Master Cleanse is three to ten days of drinking nothing more than lemon juice, cinnamon, agave syrup, and water. According to the Dr. Livingston, this type of “diet” is safe, but many studies have shown that these types of cleanses are rather dangerous.
Proof #1: WebMD states that the Master Cleanse Diet is ineffective and only sometimes brings about temporary weight loss. 
Proof #2: NBC ran an article warning against detox diets like the Master Cleanse, stating
There’s little evidence that extreme regimens such as the Master Cleanse or Fruit Flush do anything more than lead to unpleasant, unhealthy side effects. 
Proof #3: Jillian Michaels is clearly opposed to the Master Cleanse, telling a TMZ reporter “Don’t do the Master Cleanse…it is bad for you!” 
I don’t even need to get into the numerous studies that have shown that detox diets and ultra low calorie diets are very bad for your health in both the short and long terms.
Starving yourself and eating nothing for three to ten days is not the way to get healthy. It may help to reset your appetite, but it’s going to be a rough few days!
Raw Food Diet
This e-book directs readers to follow a raw food diet after one week of cleansing. While a raw food diet is excellent for anyone, eating nothing BUT raw foods can actually lead to malnourishment.
Seeing as most forms of protein have to be cooked, the diet you’ll be undergoing will be rich in carbs and fiber, but almost entirely devoid of fat and protein. It’s a very imbalanced diet, but it may be helpful to restore an alkaline balance in your body if followed for short periods of time.
Liver Cleaning Foods
This section talks about some of the foods that can help cleanse your liver, such as:
- Green tea
All of the foods listed in this chapter are scientifically proven to help flush toxins from your liver, so the advice here is sound.
D – I – E – T : a Four Letter Word
This section isn’t exactly clear, jumping from failing yourself to keeping up your diet, straight into how protein is the best food for your new diet.
Dr. Livingston does usefully examine the thermic effect of food as well as the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates to explain why protein is so important.
Dr. Livingston proposes the sound principle of The Fiber 40 for Life. According to this idea, you need to eat at least forty grams of fiber per day, either soluble or insoluble.
Dr. Livingston goes on to list the Top 10 Fiber Foods, as well as why fiber is healthy for you. Moving on, both fats and proteins are discussed, and there are food recommendations given for the sources of the necessary nutrients you should have in your daily diet.
Fat Loss Factor’s Fifteen Foods for Maximum Weight Loss
For those trying to lose weight–with or without the Fat Loss Factor’s methods–the fifteen foods listed in this section are the ones to avoid. These include:
- Baked goods
- Decaf coffee
- Juices and fruit drinks
- Fried seafoods
Dr. Livingston explains why these foods are bad and how they may be affecting your weight loss. He doesn’t go into too much detail, but there is enough information to convey the general idea of why you shouldn’t be eating these foods.
Fat Loss Factor’s Three Axioms for Success
Here are three axioms to live by, given to every person going through the Fat Loss Factor program:
- Plan a “holiday”– a day when you can eat a few of the foods on the no-no list.
- Eat something raw at every meal, as the fiber and nutrients will go a long way towards keeping you full and losing weight.
- Fiber 40 for Life – eat forty grams of fiber per day for the rest of your life.
These are conveniently simple, sound principles that can help you keep off the weight once you have lost it.
This next section takes a look at some of the marketing lies that food companies have pushed on you and that have probably contributed to your weight gain. Watch out for these ingredients that can easily disrupt your weight loss or even damage your health:
- Foods labeled “whole grain”
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Transaturated fats
- Artificial ingredients
- Sugar substitutes
- Excessive salt
The rest of the book is rather unstructured, so it’s hard to summarise what it may offer you. In general, you can find more information concerning:
- What causes your hunger.
- Why skipping breakfast can actually help you lose weight.
- How the Fat Loss Factor diet structure can help you burn calories, be more conscious of your food intake, etc.
- How a liver cleanse can speed up fat burning.
- Three weight loss calendars, complete with eating plans to help you lose weight steadily, rapidly, or very rapidly.
- What the 48-hour fast is.
- How water can help you burn fat.
- What supplements you can take to promote weight loss. (of course, including links to the supplements sold by Dr. Livingston’s affiliate company)
- Excuses that are stopping you from getting exercise.
- Why you should exercise.
- What the law of adaptation is, and how it dominates your workouts.
- How to have proper posture when exercising.
- How long you should be working out for.
- Why HIIT is the key to weight loss.
- Why stress stops you from losing weight, and how you can beat it.
- What the elements of a healthy mindset are.
- How to breathe deeply in order to relax, fight stress, and even promote weight loss.
- The importance of sleep and how you can get a good night’s sleep every night.
- Tips to help you look your very best, thus helping you to feel better about yourself.
- How you can turn the information you have learned in the Fat Loss Factor book into a way of life.
- Tools for your kitchen and equipment for your home gym.
All of this information is valuable, and you’ll find that it can help you know a bit more about how the best way to keep excess weight off is not through a specific diet, but through a healthy lifestyle.
Thoughts on the Fat Loss Factor
Reading through the book, I was not too impressed by its contents. Granted, I am a bit skeptical when it comes to any program promising “secrets to fat loss success”, but it seems as if I wasn’t too far off with this book either.
Dr. Livingston offers a lot of valuable information, but I’m not convinced that it’s the best weight loss program out there.
We’re Not Fond Of
The Content Is Unstructured
There are no visible chapters, and the book jumps around a lot without any clear defining pauses between sections. It’s difficult if you’re not reading it carefully and anyone interested in skimming the book just to find out the most important information will miss out on a lot.
There Is Too Much Erroneous Content
Much of the content is basically unimportant or fluff, promoting fad diets like detoxes and liver cleanses. The information on the food itself is solid, but the assertions and suggestions about fasts and cleanses makes all of Dr. Livingston’s dietary suggestions seem suspicious.
There Is a Serious Lack of Source Material
I know some of the contents of this book are true thanks to my studies to become a fitness trainer, but the average Joe has no way of proving or disproving anything the book says simply because there are no references provided to source materials. Readers are expected to believe Dr. Livingston on faith – a bad sign for any book supposedly based on science.
The Completeness of the Information Provided Is Great
Some books fail to tell you why certain foods are good or bad for your weight loss, but this one goes into great depth to about why some foods are good and others are bad. You can find out exactly what makes foods healthy and unhealthy in this e-book.
The Format of the Book Is Easy to Follow
The formatting of the book makes it easy to read–unlike many other e-books that I have reviewed for Health Ambition. There aren’t too many images cluttering up the book and the font is easy on the eyes.
While the fat loss factor is not perfect, it certainly offers very good value for money and if you’re serious about losing weight you should strongly consider it.
The fact that on top of all the information in pdf, video, software form, you also get unlimited email support with weight loss professionals makes it a great companion for anyone trying to lose weight on their own.
Overall rating: 4 stars